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Welcome to Steam In Action

about-steam-in-actionSteam in Action was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa. Our intervention resulted in a large number of locomotives being saved from the scrap heap. It has certainly been a much greater success than initially expected and it shows there are many people out there who are dedicated to ensuring that South Arica's magnificent rail and steam heritage survives into the future. Resulting from our strenuous efforts we were requested by the Heritage Rail Association of South Africa, the statutory umbrella body for the industry, to give them an opportunity to try and achieve results through negotiations with the authorities.  We agreed to this but more than two years later we are singularly unimpressed with the lack of results.  We have therefore decided to raise...

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En Camera Newsletter 149 October 2014

20-10-2014 Hits:25 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

En Camera Newsletter 149 October 2014

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JB Train Tours Newsletter October 2014

13-10-2014 Hits:27 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

JB Train Tours Newsletter October 2014

JB Train Tours offers train tour packages, giving people the opportunity to visit places such as Cape Town, Namibia, Port Elizabeth and Kruger National Park. It offers both budget and...

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Sandstone Estates in Railways Africa

13-10-2014 Hits:41 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Sandstone Estates in Railways Africa

Below is an article named 'Preservation is a Vital Part of the Picture' by John Batwell in which Stars of Sandstone is featured. Click here to view the article - PDF

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En Camera Newsletter 148 October 2014

13-10-2014 Hits:36 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

En Camera Newsletter 148 October 2014

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Grahamstown Historic Railway Station

05-10-2014 Hits:45 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Citizens of Grahamstown up in arms over state of their Historic Railway Station... we need your support. If you care about our rail heritage, take a look at this: http://www.heritageportal.co.za/comment/3597/.   Grahamstown...

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Steam in Indonesia

02-10-2014 Hits:47 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Steam in Indonesia

Fabrice Lanoue recently visited Indonesia - below are three newsletters complete with photos displaying his trip and steam locomotive activity. Click here to view part one of the newsletter - PDF Click...

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The Atlantic Meyl Newsletter August 2014

01-10-2014 Hits:68 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

The Atlantic Meyl Newsletter August 2014

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En Camera Newsletter 146 September 2014

25-09-2014 Hits:65 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

En Camera Newsletter 146 September 2014

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En Camera Newsletter 145 September 2014

20-09-2014 Hits:70 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

En Camera Newsletter 145 September 2014

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Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

30-05-2014 Hits:350 Friends of the Rail Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

Friends of the Rail will be holding an open day on 6th July 2014.  Details are as follows: Click here to view full details - 657KB PDF

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The Reefsteamers Depot Story

20-02-2014 Hits:736 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

The Reefsteamers Depot Story

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by George Hoddinott to produce an extensive presentation document with a special emphasis on the Reefsteamers Depot,...

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

21-01-2014 Hits:706 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their January 2014 newsletter Click here to read more - 100A (365 kb) Click here to read more - 100B (471 kb)

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Transnet Heritage Developments

20-01-2014 Hits:585 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet Heritage Developments

Transnet Heritage DevelopmentsTransnet Rail Museum Click here to read more (URL)

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

20-01-2014 Hits:372 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their October 2013 newsletter Click here to read more - 99A (286 kb) Click here to read more - 99B (286 kb)  

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Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives a…

14-10-2013 Hits:1701 Community News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives and Rolling Stock

Release One - 8th October 2013 A circular was recently released to all SIA members as follows: Dear Members, Transnet Foundation have released the attached lists of steam locomotives and coaches which they envisage...

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Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

16-09-2013 Hits:868 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, SAR Steam Tours will be running a traditional long distance steam tour this year, from 16-26 November 2013. The locomotives and coaches will be provided...

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A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items

06-09-2013 Hits:629 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items The Port Elizabeth Apple Express Click here to read more (324kb) Article supplied by Peter Burton

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Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

05-09-2013 Hits:679 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

Demolishing of structure at De Hoek (Click here to read more - 715kb) De Hoek Demolition Plan (Click here to read more - 210kb) Your comments on the above would be greatly appreciated....

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